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Chicago Gaelic ParkChicago Gaelic Park, the fifty three acre Irish cultural, heritage and athletic facility, was once a dream and is now a reality. The sprawling complex contains a sports playing field, locker rooms and 3 banquet halls and a Traditional Irish Pub. Virtually all of the labor used to build and maintain Gaelic Park was donated by Irish tradesmen. The materials were donated or sold at cost by local suppliers.

Today Gaelic Park is home for the local Gaelic Athletic Association. The center is also used to bring Irish entertainment to the area and is available for use by Irish organizations and local community groups. Gaelic Park is now well known for the beautiful weddings and Dinner Dances held there, and a Ladies Auxiliary is also a part of our organization. Step dancing classes are held weekly, and an annual Feis is held yearly at Gaelic Park. The Feis hosts competitive dancing from areas throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is now the largest Feis in North America. A monthly Mass and Irish breakfast is held the second Sunday of each month, October thru May. A weekly radio program is also part of our program each Sunday evening. Our Irish Festival is held each Memorial Day Weekend for four days.

Due to the high interest expressed by many people in becoming a part of Gaelic Park, it was decided to expand our membership. The minimum annual contribution to become a member is Thirty ($30.00) Dollars. Membership for married couples is now available at $50 per couple. In return for this donation, you will receive and identification card, mailings regarding all events sponsored by Gaelic Park, A subscription to “The Irish American News” Paper and other important information. A person who is a member for 3 consecutive years will be entitled to run for office as a Director. You will also be allowed to vote in our annual election, beginning with the first year of your membership. Your membership will run from June 1st to May 31st each year.

To become a member of Gaelic Park, you may apply online or download a form for mail-in or drop off.

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President's Welcome Letter

Céad Míle Fáilte!

It is my pleasure to welcome you, your family and your friends to Chicago Gaelic Park’s 34th Irish Fest. Our directors, volunteers and staff are proud to have been able to bring the best of Irish entertainment and culture to Chicagoland for so many years. We will once again be featuring a wide variety of Irish music and theatre on our indoor and outdoor stages, and we look forward to sharing that entertainment with tens of thousands from the Chicago area and beyond. We also cater to the young and the young at heart with unlimited carnival rides, magicians, clowns, ponies and a petting zoo included in our low admission price.

Our Irish music offerings include well-known traditional artists, dance music, rebel and ballad singers, trad rock (jig punk?), and Emmet Cahill, one of the lead singers of Celtic Thunder. Our rock’n’roll line-up on Friday is a sure bet for fun, and rock and country music will also be featured on other days. The theatre stage has a variety of offerings throughout the weekend.

I’d also like to welcome the hundreds of Irish dancers who will be competing at the Chicago Feis during the Festival, and the U.S National Collegiate Hurling Championship, which will be held during the festival. We are very excited to have college teams from across the country visiting to vie for the national title. Best of luck to all competitors.

I hope that you’ll join us. You’ll be glad that you did.

Sláinte!

Bill O’Sullivan

Directions

Directions

Chicago Gaelic Park is situated in a tranquil setting, adjacent to a Cook County Forest Preserve in Oak Forest, Illinois. We are located on 147th Street, two miles west of Cicero or one block east of Ridgeland.

From I-294 South

Exit Cicero Avenue south to 147th Street. Turn right, and go west two miles to Chicago Gaelic Park.

From Downtown Chicago

Take the Dan Ryan to I-57. Exit I-57 at 147th St West. Then proceed 4 1/2 miles west to Chicago Gaelic Park.

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